Collins Calls for Investigation into Planned Parenthood Receiving Relief Funds
WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) joined his colleagues in writing a letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) requesting a full investigation into how some Planned Parenthood affiliates improperly received $80 million in forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
“It has come to our attention that affiliates of Planned Parenthood improperly applied for, and received, loans through the program,” they wrote. “While we appreciate the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) efforts to promptly cancel those loans, the circumstances under which they were made merit further investigation of possible wrongdoing.”
Congress made sure that Planned Parenthood affiliates would be ineligible to receive PPP dollars when it established the program in the CARES Act, which states that nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees are eligible for these loans. Despite the fact that Planned Parenthood has a staff of 16,000 employees, they still applied and accepted these taxpayer dollars.
“Under these circumstances, the application for and receipt of loans through the program suggests unlawful conduct,” they wrote. “The CARES Act establishes that borrowers have liability for the wrongful application for a loan through the program.”
Earlier this month, Collins joined a number of his colleagues in introducing the Protecting Life in Crisis Act to prohibit federal COVID-19 response funds from going towards abortions or abortion coverage by extending existing Hyde Amendment protections to any COVID-19-related health care provisions. This legislation also prevents federal tax credits from being used to cover any post-employment health care (COBRA) premiums that include abortion coverage.